Football expert Farouk Khan has revealed why the much anticipated Dstv Compact Cup is so difficult to predict.
The former Kaizer Chiefs assistant coach says all four coaches Gordon Igesund, Daylen Kerr, Dan Malesela and Steve Barker might struggle to hit the ground running with their talented squads.
"I think it's a difficult one to predict with so much talent to have at their disposal," Khan tells Kickoff.com.
"In the past, you would have said the Gauteng teams would have an advantage because the bigger like Sundowns, Chiefs, Pirates are based here.
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"But I mean it's no exception if you look...maybe some of the coastal teams haven't been doing well the Cape Town City's etc. as well as Golden Arrows...So I think it will be a nice mix, and obviously, it's a case where the fans are the ones that select the teams.
"So when the fans choose the team, the coach needs to do the best of what he has at his disposal.
"So they might not be the players that the coach sees as the best squad that he can assemble.
"I guess that what makes this tournament so interesting, there's a lot of unknown. It's a mysterious thing. It leaves you thinking about what could happen.
"It also enables the national team's coaches to see if players from different clubs are able to play together you know. So it's a Fantasy league.
"As far as who would win it, it's a difficult one to call because it's not like the coach has time to prepare his team, the coach will have to make the best of what the fans have selected."